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Wu-Tang Clan, Legendary Weapons

Ever since the release of their last two group offerings, 2007’s 8 Diagrams and 2009’s Chamber Music, the Wu-Tang Clan have been affiliated with some rather dubious offshoot projects. However, this all changes on the group’s latest not-quite-official effort, properly dubbed Legendary Weapons, which features much of the iconic crew’s usual suspects, including Raekwon, Ghostface Killah, RZA, Method Man, Capadonna, U-God and Inspectah Deck.

On the album’s opener, “Start The Show,” Raekwon the Chef and RZA do just what the title suggests, over the subwoofer blaster, proving the lyrical blades remain on point. As with most Wu offerings, this compilation is filled with many martial arts inspired skits, ultimately emanating that vintage Wu feel. This is also evident on the head-knocking “Laced Cheeba,” where Sean Price delivers a fierce verse while Ghostface does his one-two, boastfully kicking seamy lines like “I slit ya face like a Dutch Master.” One of the LP’s highlight tracks is “Drunk Tongue” where Killa Sin strong-arms the Fizzy Womack produced cut. “Meteor Hammer” brings Ghostface and upstart Action Bronson—who often draws comparisons to Ghost for his voice and flow—to the same track, and the result is outstanding. Despite all the highlights, one of the overbearing burdens is the lack of the RZA’s production, even if much of the sonic stylings are clearly RZA-derived. His absence throughout, save for his MC duties on “Only the Rugged Survive,” is undeniably felt.

Even without being a completely authentic offering from the Killa Beez, Legendary Weapons is a solid listen that can hold fans over and shows the Wu’s weapons remain razor sharp, leaving hope for an official LP. —Ralph Bristout

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  • jimmyjam

    uh oh xxl gave wutang an l. prepare for bitching.

  • Rico

    Follow me at @ricojones58 i follow back

  • hippaToDaHoppa

    lame review

  • fuckyall

    they xxl goes shiting on wu. if it was babys cock holder or nicki dick massage or facke it be a xl or xxl sad cause this shit realy bangs and most places if you can fined it got it for 7.99
    check it out

  • http://www.justice.gov.za Ch*l*z

    Wu-tang is my third fav group of all time just behind Dead Prez n Bone thugs n Harmony.

    I will give this cd a listening….not happy with the review tho!

    • Cza Shaekwon

      the wu rock fam. its definitely worth listenin to, the soundscape is solid

  • okie

    hmm… idk if they actually listened to it, ha. ibet Ralph Bristout listens to lil b. smh

  • darius

    What a terrible review.This is quite a stellar release, considering what’s been released this year until now.

  • yaheardnig

    Such a shame. This album is great, better than 90% of the other shit out there yet it’s not getting any of the recognition it deserves. Fuck y’all niggaz, WU-TANG IS HERE FOREVER MOTHERFUCKERS!!!!!!!

  • justin

    great album! this review is not very accurate. no mention of the method man track diesel fluid BANGIN!

  • Koopa

    I’m really enjoying this album. It’s true it’s not on the same level as their past work but that doesn’t mean anything.

    If something is “not quite fucking amazing” then it’s still pretty amazing…

  • Ric

    tha carter4 gets XL and a album from the best hip hop group on earth get a L… WTF

  • JugularKill

    Na this shit was rushed. I downloaded it and I thought it was a mixtape.

    I Wu’s style, but this is rushed. Just beats and rapping no concepts, no rare samples you’ve never heard before, nothing uncomfortable just the same typical shit as other old school albums.

    They need to bring that proper Wu shit back, that uncomfortable shit you can’t play around squares.

  • Antmanclan561

    This shit is hot they tripping.. everyone is commercialized and brainwashed when they hear real shit they get scared. Wu tang Wu tang . Fuck ur rap game fuck lil wayne fuck Drake and Fuck west Wu tang Forever